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Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2012
  • pp: 533–542

Optical coherence tomography for the identification of musculoskeletal structures of the spine: a pilot study

Kathy Beaudette, Mathias Strupler, Fouzi Benboujja, Stefan Parent, Carl-Eric Aubin, and Caroline Boudoux  »View Author Affiliations

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 3, Issue 3, pp. 533-542 (2012)

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Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a complex three-dimensional deformity of the spine requiring in severe cases invasive surgery. Here, we explore the potential of optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a guiding tool for novel fusionless minimally invasive spinal surgeries on an ex vivo porcine model. We show that OCT, despite its limited penetration depth, may be used to precisely locate structures such as growth plate, bone and intervertebral disk using relative attenuation coefficients. We further demonstrate a segmentation algorithm that locates growth plates automatically on en-face OCT reconstructions.

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OCIS Codes
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(170.6935) Medical optics and biotechnology : Tissue characterization

ToC Category:
Optical Coherence Tomography

Original Manuscript: December 19, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 1, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 4, 2012
Published: February 13, 2012

Kathy Beaudette, Mathias Strupler, Fouzi Benboujja, Stefan Parent, Carl-Eric Aubin, and Caroline Boudoux, "Optical coherence tomography for the identification of musculoskeletal structures of the spine: a pilot study," Biomed. Opt. Express 3, 533-542 (2012)

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